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Building Character : Transforming Old Homes for Modern Living, Hardback Book

Building Character : Transforming Old Homes for Modern Living Hardback



As the modern world changes and evolves, so does the modern lifestyle.

Our levels of home comfort, desires, and overall life satisfactions are being defined in new ways, often contrasting with notions of the 'traditional' house design.

We aim to live simpler lives yet somehow manage to have more material possessions than before; and we opt to reside in open-plan homes that provide a sense of freedom.

All too often traditionally designed homes are no longer able to satisfy our contemporary living needs.

The restoration of living spaces is usually to restore existing buildings that may have become impractical over time, if not outdated.

These days, the challenge is how to adapt and transform these existing buildings to modern standards, all the while maintaining what may still be useful, special features or design characteristics, or what we like most about the space.

This book showcases a selection of examples of how people from around the world have ingeniously refurbished an old house to meet their needs for a modern lifestyle.

With vivid descriptions, detailed drawings and rich photography (including befores and afters), this book provides designers and architects, as well as owner-builders of old houses several excellent strategies on how to approach their restoration, and how to convey a modern life concept, revitalizing, and refreshing the houses for the next generation.




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